Distinctively College Prep
At Vail Christian High School, all students participate in the Advanced Placement (AP) program beginning in 9th grade. By graduation, the average VCHS graduate will have taken 7 AP courses from our current 17 AP offerings. Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are also offered through Colorado Christian University and University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses in engineering, biomedical and computer science are also offered and complement their AP counterparts with more experiential, hands-on learning. A new state-of-the-art STEM/Innovation Lab, that we fondly refer to as the “Innovation Hive,” provides a creative space and cutting-edge equipment that allows our students to collaborate, create and learn in new and exciting ways.
A significant number of our juniors and seniors each year are awarded the prestigious AP Scholar designation. The average ACT score from the Class of 2018 is a 26 (national and state averages are 21). This positioned them well for acceptance from some of the most selective U.S. colleges and universities.
Service-learning and advisory programs also complement our college-prep experience. All students complete more than 20 hours of community service each school year. And, each student is assigned a faculty advisor, along with a small, single gender advisory group to provide academic, social and spiritual guidance and support. Our belief is that each VCHS student should have several adult mentors, the advisor oftentimes serving as the primary one.
Spiritual formation is also an important component of a VCHS education. Understanding that every student is uniquely designed, we desire that students explore the Christian faith and discover their own faith or spirituality. We also seek to foster a school culture in which love is primary and respect and understanding for others’ backgrounds and experiences are non-negotiable. Our community gathers together each week during a chapel service and theology courses are also part of a student’s experience. Theology offerings include Cornerstone/Heroes, Life and Teachings of Jesus, Ethics and Social Justice, and Capstone. Our desire is to help each student develop his or her whole self.
Meet our College Counseling Director
College counseling at Vail Christian High School begins as soon as a student enters our school. With a full-time, dedicated college counselor and a customized plan for each student, our students are positioned for acceptances to their top choice colleges and universities, along with accompanying merit scholarships that significantly reduce family financial burdens.
Director of College Counseling, Lori Hixon, has years of college counseling experience. Because of that experience and through her professional affiliations, she knows the admissions process and players at the colleges and universities where our students seek admission. Lori Hixon helps our students achieve their very best by setting the bar high and encouraging our students to dream big dreams.
Check out our 2018-2019 Academic Profile (PDF)